Recent reports from Nigeria says that former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, is wanted and under investigations by the UK authorities.
The investigators visited Nigeria to obtain evidence and proof of her fraudulent activities. At the moment, the former Nigerian petroleum minister is facing a series of probes-
- Missing $20 billion oil cash.
- Falsified crude oil lifting contracts.
- $115 million poll bribery money.
- $1.092 billion Malabu oil deal.
- $25 million (N5.2 billion) oil cash paid by an Indian oil firm for an oil block.
On the discovery of an extra $12.9 billion arms deal theft, some of her assets were confiscated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
These assets include her expensive house, gold and diamond jewelries. The anti-graft agency was more particular about her £600,000 wrist watch which still had its price tag on it.
The UK investigators took a look at the confiscated properties. Report says that this is in preparation of Diezani’s trial in London. Recall that Mrs Alison-Madueke and 4 other suspects were arrested in London in 2015 by the National Crime Agency ( NCA). So the visiting detectives have come around to carry out their own quota of the investigations.
Ongoing investigations have revealed her involvement in yet another multi-billion naira ($115 million) bribe to the electoral commission -INEC. Diezani is accused of rigging the past election with an individual payment of about $26 million. Her accounts have reportedly been frozen by the EFCC.
“It is too early to disclose the amounts involved in order not to prejudice investigation. We are discovering more on daily basis as some complicit banks are now cooperating. We are allowed by law to place suspicious accounts and assets under interim forfeiture until the court decides otherwise.” – EFCC
London authorities on the order of Westminster Magistrate’s Court have restricted Diezani’s movement to the UK. The UK court has also approved the seizure of $41,000 (£27,000) cash from her.